St. John the Baptist Catholic Church  


Church Address:  703 East Main Street, West Frankfort, IL 62896

Phone: (618) 932-2828

Fax: (618) 937-0200




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Rev. Eusebius Mbidoaka, Ph.D., S.T.D.

Rev. Eusebius Mbidoaka, Ph.D., S.T.D.

Thank you for your interest in St. John the Baptist Parish. We invite you to become involved with your faith life in our parish and continue your spiritual growth through the many resources offered here. St. John the Baptist Church offers weekday and Sunday Masses as well as Eucharistic Adoration. The parish has programs in education and pastoral ministry for children, youth and adults as well as a vibrant social ministry outreach. The programs and services of the parish continue to grow. St. John’s school provides an excellent education in an intentionally Catholic environment. Each new parishioner adds a richness to our faith community which allows us to reflect more fully the Body of Christ in today’s society.

Mass Times

Thursday - 5:30 P.M.

Friday - 8:15 A.M.

Saturday - 5:00 P.M.

Sunday - 10:00 A.M.

Eucharistic Adoration

Friday 6:00 - 7:00 P.M.


Thursday - 5:00 P.M.

Saturday- 4:20 P.M.

Parish Office

Office Hours: Tuesday through Friday 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Every Friday of Lent:
St John the Baptist-12:30 P.M.: Stations of the Cross
St. Aloysius/Sacred Heart-5:30 P.M.-Stations of the Cross
Wednesday, March 7-St. Aloysius/Sacred Heart-6:00 P.M.: Lenten Penance Service
Thursday, March 8-St. John the Baptist-6:00 P.M.: Lenten Penance Service
March 29-Holy Thursday @ St. John the Baptist at 6:30 P.M.
March 30, Good Friday @ St Aloysius/Sacred Heart at 6:00 P.M.
March 31, Easter Vigil at St. John the Baptist at 6:30 P.M.

* Area Fish Fries
Christopher Columbian Club Hall-109 N State Street
4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
All you can eat Fish, Fries, Beans, Slaw, Bread, Coffee/Tea $10.00

DuQuoin-Haffner Hall 16 N, Walnut Street
4:00-7:00 p.m.
All you can eat Fish, Baked beans, Baked potato or fries, slaw, hush puppies, bread, dessert and drink
$10.00 Adults,$5.00 children 12 and under, free for children 3 and under.
$5.00 Sandwich and hush puppies. Extra dessert: $1.00. Carry-outs available .

* St. Bernadette's
The monthly meeting is Wednesday, February 21.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 6:30 P.M., St. Joseph meeting room, Benton, Il.
Topic: "Reflections on the Rite of Election" "Matrimony and Holy Orders"
Presenter: Dr. Donna Spencer & Sr. Laura Reynolds
Any questions: Sr. Laura Reynolds @923-4345

* St. John's School Mega RAFFLE
2 Chances for $50
You could win up to $13,000!
$500 drawings in October, November, and December, 2017
$500, $1,000, and $10,000 drawings in March, 2018
Maximum of 500 tickets sold
Need not be present to win
For tickets, contact the school, (618) 937-2017 or Valarie Haley, (615) 479-0710.

* West Frankfort Columbia Club
Every Tuesday Night Bingo
7:00 pm
West Frankfort Columbia Hall

School News from the Principal

Monday, February 19 there is no school in observance of President's Day.

* Pre-K Open House
Tuesday, February 20 at 6:00 P.M. Register with Nikki Mitchell at 937-2017 by February 16.
If you want to make a difference in your child's education, come see what we have to offer!
Must be 3 or 4 by Sept. 1, 2018.
State Accredited School
Sports Program, Band available
Illinois Certified teachers •Family Caring Environment.

Our Pre-K Open House will be Tuesday, February 20 at 6:00 P.M. We would like to invite our current parents to come and talk and meet the new parents. If you know of someone who has a child that will be 3 or 4 years old by September 1, 2018, please provide their contact information, so we can personally invite them.

Our Monthly Mission for February is collecting for Operation Rice Bowl. Each student will receive a "Rice Bowl" to collect loose change during February.

The Child Protection training for our students is rescheduled for Wednesday, February 21 at 9 A.M.. We will use your last permission slip.

1st Reconciliation is Saturday, February 24 at 10 A.M. in Church.

We would like to invite everyone that is able to attend the School Mass on Fridays at 8:15 am. Each Friday, the classes take turns in being in charge of the Mass Readings and other duties. The students would love to share this time with each of you. The preschool has not started yet. They will be coming in after the Christmas break.

Please remember that we are collecting Box Tops for Education. Please collect these and send them with your child to turn in to their class. We get $0.10 for each box top collected. It is an easy way to help out the school and students.

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Founded 1916 - A parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Belleville, Illinois.